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Is the UK really the best place in the world to die?

Tony Walter, Professor of Death Studies, writes for The Conversation.

Half-term kids camp - arts, dance & creativity: Thu 29 Oct

An action packed day long arts workshop where 7 to 12-year-olds get the chance to work with two experienced practitioners to create art and movement with an autumnal flavour.

Bath academic invited as chief guest at Chinese conference

Dr Yukteshwar Kumar (PoLIS) was interviewed by several Chinese media and delivered a keynote address about Sino-Indian relations whilst attending an international conference.

IPR policy brief exposes Big Tobacco

Powerful global businesses are now using ‘Better Regulation’ to undermine public health

Big business uses ‘Better Regulation’ to undermine health policy

Powerful global businesses are now using ‘Better Regulation’ to undermine public health, according to a new report from the University of Bath’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR).

Air France incident reveals French unions' lack of muscle

Dr Susan Milner (Politics, Languages & International Studies) writes for The Conversation.

Synesthesia: Can sensory substitution help the blind “see”?

Michael Proulx (Psychology) is using synesthesia to serve as a model for sensory substitution devices (SSDs), an emerging category of aids for people who have lost one of their senses.

Are teachers suffering from a crisis of motivation?

Dr Sam Carr (Education) writes for The Conversation.

Robots are coming for your job...& that's not all

Joanna Bryson (Computer Science) appeared on The Guardian's Tech Weekly Podcast on Wednesday

From Turkey to the Baltics, NATO faces up to Russia

Professor David Galbreath, Director of Centre for War and Technology, writes for The Conversation.

How can we die well?

Researchers from Bath and partner universities in the west are hosting a free day-long event designed to help people think through and plan decisions that occur at the end of life, to increase their chances of having a good death.

School pupils learn the realities of science research

Two school pupils from the in2science scheme blog about a fortnight spent in a University lab under the supervision of Marie Curie Fellow Pawan Jolly

CASP hosts Unequal Opportunities seminar in London

The event is part of a three-year ESRC-funded seminar series entitled, 'Child Poverty and Social Mobility: Lessons for Research and Policy', co-ordinated by our Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy and the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

My bright idea: Cycloidal rotor systems

PhD student Robert Worthing, Whitworth Scholar, thinks cycloidal rotor systems could deliver significant performance and energy gains in helicopter designs

University staff nominated for national KTP awards

Professor Jonathan Knight, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Dr William Wadsworth, along with former KTP Fellow Dr James Stone, all from the Department of Physics, have been nominated for both the Best Partnership Award and Engineering Excellence Award. Kashif Siddiq, KTP Associate from the Department of Electronic & Electrical Engineering, has also been nominated by Innovate UK for a national Business Leader of the Future award.

Professor Randy Mrsny ranked top medicine maker

Congratulations to Professor Randy Mrsny from Phamacy & Pharmacology who has been listed as one of the most influential drug creators of 2015 in an industry journal.

An invitation to get into enterprise at Bath

Taking in a game between business meetings: Richard Godfrey, CEO of Rocketmakers tech company and student enterprise mentor with business plan winner James Courtney

Athena SWAN departmental awards

The University is celebrating Athena SWAN awards for all four departments that applied for them

Susan Milner blog: Springtime in Sydney

Dr Susan Milner (PoLIS) reports on her short visit to Sydney, funded by the Bath International Research Funding Schemes, to build collaborative links with colleagues in the Work and Organisation group at the historic university.

IAA awards target new business partnerships

Two of the four projects funded by the latest EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) awards will support collaborations with UK business partners new to working with the University of Bath.

Roger Pedder, former Uni Treasurer & hon graduate, passes away

The University is saddened to hear of the death on 1 October of Roger Pedder.

Researchers wanting to change support available for victims of traumatic crime

Psychologists at the University working with the national charity Escaping Victimhood are conducting a new study aimed at improving the support available for the families and relatives of victims of traumatic crime.

Video: CSCT graduate reflects on his PhD journey & new job

Rhodri Jenkins, a recent graduate of the CSCT, looks back at his PhD journey and talks about his current work.

EU project nudges people to be greener

EU colleagues convene on campus to consider how behaviour change tactics can promote greener living

Can chillis beat cancer?

At the recent Chilli Festival held on campus, postdoctoral researcher Dr Amit Nathubhai used capsaicin and other molecules found from natural sources, to demonstrate methods used towards the design and preparation of molecules that have the potential to be new drugs.

Magnetised gold heralds new generation of electronics

Physicists at Bath have magnetised gold in a process that could lead to a new generation of electronics and make computers faster, smaller and more powerful.

Volunteers needed: consumer responses to service experiences

Participants will receive £5 for taking part in a study investigating consumer responses to service experiences.

An inclusive construction industry: 27 Oct

Gerald Walters lecture by RIBA President Jane Duncan looks at the skills shortage in the construction industry

Spintronics: Magnetised gold is first step

Physicists at Bath have magnetised gold in a process that could herald a new generation of electronics

EU project nudging people towards a greener future

EU colleagues will convene at the University this week to consider how behaviour change tactics can be used to promote greener living.

The search for tomorrow's champions

Dr Sean Cumming is working with the Premier League to harness young players' true potential

Global Climate Change Week lecture series: 19-23 Oct

Lecturers from across the University have joined the initiative to produce the student lecture series on climate change.

Get involved in Science Showoff

If you’ve got something to say about science, we want to hear 9 minutes or less

Research engagement with schools

An opportunity to find out about sharing your research in schools on Wednesday 21 October

Watch our researchers in Ford ACTIVE case study video

Sam Akehurst and Dr Colin Copeland discuss Bath's turbo-charger involvement in the project to improve the Ford engine

CSCT student wins Faraday Discussion poster prize

George Gregory went to the Faraday Discussion - Carbon Dioxide Utilisation in Sheffield to present a poster and won the poster prize.

State-of-the-art exercise bikes arrive at STV

The STV has unveiled a range of new industry-leading Matrix IC7 training bikes as used by British Cycling’s Laura Trott and Dani King among other top cyclists. Come & try them out!

South African training partnership featured in the THE

Times Higher Education has published an article about our link with South African government in which HE leaders will study on Bath’s doctorate in business administration (higher education management) programme.

Just how dangerous are the skies over Syria?

Professor David Galbreath, Director of the Centre for War & Technology, writes for The Conversation.

Engineering staff take robotic challenge to Cyprus

Drs Pejman Iravani and Manuchehr Soleimani recently took the Bath Robotics Challenge to a school in Cyprus, giving students a hands-on introduction to robotic programming, using advanced computer software popular in both academia and industry.

University hosts annual dinner to celebrate research impact

The dinner, supported by Research & Innovation Services (RIS), was attended by multi-sector collaborators including Lotus, GKN Aerospace, Glysure and Airbus, and took place at the Assembly Rooms in September.

Helping people with autism influence tech

A new app developed by our Psychology researchers will help people with autism find solutions to everyday issues

Is faith the key to finding new heads for faith schools?

Dr Janet Goodall (Education) explores why deputy heads in faith schools aren't applying to be promoted.

New app will help people with autism influence tech developments

A new app developed by researchers in Psychology will help people with autism find solutions to everyday problems they face.

Bath climbs THE world rankings

The University has been ranked in the 251-300 band out of 800 institutions worldwide

Bath holds inaugural careers fair in Shanghai

We hosted our first international careers fair in Shanghai, China, earlier this month, in collaboration with our GW4 partners: the Universities of Exeter, Bristol and Cardiff.

IPR welcomes new Fellows onto Policy Fellowship Programme

The Programme seeks to enhance the impact of our research by enabling direct connections and building long lasting relationships between the University and senior policy makers from government, industry and the third sector.

Ground-breaking South African deal

We will be providing leadership training as part of a new project with the South African Government

Bath embarks on ground-breaking deal with South African Government

We have just signed a ground-breaking new partnership with the South African Government to provide leadership training to senior South African Higher Education.

Academia is not a sport, so it must be a game

David Coley, Professor of low carbon design in the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering. writes for University Business magazine.

How England's broken ceramics industry put itself back together

Dr Phil Tomlinson (School of Management) writes for The Conversation.

New programme of free public lectures now available

Members of the public, staff and students are all warmly invited to come along to our new series of public lectures. New events will be added to the page throughout the year. Please send submissions to

Why are Gulf states so reluctant to take in refugees?

Dr Rana Jawad, Lecturer in social policy, writes for The Conversation

Pharmacy & Pharmacol holds research staff showcase

The aim of the afternoon was to increase the visibility of researchers in the Department, and their interaction with academic staff and each other.

Targeted killing & drones: The morality of lesser evils

This Skype event on 6 Oct endeavours to study the intellectual debates surrounding the morality of drones by looking at specific cases of American drone strikes across the world.

The Hive featured in Structural Engineer

Listen to Veronica Hope-Hailey on BBC Radio 5 Live [1:44:20]

Professor Veronica Hope-Hailey (Dean of the School of Management) spoke with BBC Radio 5 Live about how VC need to regain the public's trust (starts 1.44.20).

Labour & the disintegration of social democracy

Newly appointed Director of the University’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR), Professor Nick Pearce has written an article entitled ‘In the valley of death. Labour and the disintegration of social democracy’ for New Statesman.

New method for building on an atomic scale

Our physicists have pioneered a new way of manipulating several thousand atoms at a time

New method for building on an atomic scale

Our physicists have pioneered a new way of manipulating several thousand atoms at a time, paving the way for building nanoscale electronic devices more quickly and easily at room temperature.

Listen: Keith Stokes talks about injury prevention in rugby

BBC Points West interviewed Keith Stokes (Department for Health) about preventing rugby injuries.

Second successful symposium on clean energy materials

A research consortium led by Professor Saiful Islam hosted 80 delegates at its second annual symposium on sustainable materials for green energy applications.

Balancing the costs & benefits of shale gas fracking

Professor Geoff Hammond (Mechanical Engineering) says there is clearly a need to carefully weigh the upsides and downsides of fracking as a new energy resource so as to better inform all the disparate stakeholders.

Forging links with South America

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Grant leads delegation of 14 universities to South America

Why Volkswagen share price slump goes beyond market logic

Richard Fairchild (School of Management) writes for The Conversation.

Chemists strengthen links with Turkish universities

Tony James and Steve Bull recently gave lectures at several top Turkish universities as part of the Royal Society of Chemistry's first ever symposium series in the country.

Explainer: what diplomatic power does a pope really have?

Postgraduate Luke Cahill (Politics, Languages & International Studies) writes for The Conversation.

I-SEE seminar - Living in an uncertain world: Tue 29 Sep

Professor Richard D Pancost, Director of the Cabot Institute, University of Bristol, is leading a seminar for Institute for Sustainable Energy & the Environment (I-SEE).

Two Bath profs ranked in top 5 most influential thinkers of 2015

Professor Rob Briner and Professor Veronica Hope-Hailey (School of Management) have featured in the top five of HR Magazine’s ‘Most influential thinkers 2015’.

Breathing life back into the Helsinki Moment

Professor David Galbreath (Politics, Languages & International Studies) discusses the relationship between ‘the West and the Rest' in the current climate of war and religious terrorism.

Unique automotive research facility unveiled at Bath

The University has launched its new Centre for Low Emission Vehicle Research (CLEVeR) featuring a rolling road which allows vehicles to be analysed for emissions whilst taking into account different driver behaviours.

Which species will survive the Earth’s sixth mass extinction?

Professor Matthew Wills (Milner Centre for Evolution) writes for The Conversation.

VC officially welcomes Wallabies

Dame Glynis has officially welcomed two-time Rugby World Cup winners Australia to the University

Volkswagen in crisis: how to salvage their reputation?

Professor Veronica Hope Hailey, Dean of the School of Management, shares her insights on the steps Volkswagen needs to take to restore its trustworthiness.

Global Chair appointed for Bath IMI

Professor James Zidek, eminent statistician from the University of British Columbia, is joining us

Listen to Chris Brace on BBC World Service about VW scandal

Professor Chris Brace (CLEVeR) discusses technology surrounding car emissions in light of recent revelations about VW.

Our research portfolio reaches £125m

PVC (Research) congratulates all those involved & urges established researchers to help younger colleagues

We should be grateful UUK has taken a stand against Brexit

Professor Roger King (School of Management) writes for The Conversation.

Joanna Bryson answers big AI questions on Newsbeat

Dr Joanna Bryson, an expert in artificial intelligence from our Department of Computer Science, talks about the ethics surrounding AI.

Appointment of Nick Pearce heralds major milestone in development of IPR

We are delighted to announce the appointment today of Nick Pearce as the new Director of our Institute for Policy Research (IPR).

School of Management hosts reception in Vancouver

This was the second time the School has hosted a reception at the annual Academy of Management conference, where more than 10,000 management students, academics and professionals join together to network across 1,900 interactive sessions over five days.

Fun for all the family: music, art, dance workshops

Creative, fun, hands-on workshops this Saturday (26 September). Pre-booking advisable, limited spaces.

New film launched to promote river safety

As part of its commitment to improving safety along the River Avon, Bath & North East Somerset Council has produced a short film about the new vandal-proof river rescue cabinets containing lifebuoys.

Uni Business covers secret of our success

VC shares her insights: “We’ve been in the right place, at the right time, with the right people”

New scrum technique makes Rugby World Cup safer for players

Drs Grant Trewartha and Keith Stokes (Department for Health) write for The Conversation.

Dr Marion Harney - Inside Alexander Pope's hidden grotto

Dr Marion Harney, an expert in the conservation of historic landscapes, is quoted in an article in the Telegraph.

The saint in the bear pit: reviewing Jeremy Corbyn’s first PMQs

Professor Charlie Lees (Politics, Languages & International Studies) had an article published in The Conversation.

Innovation in Built Environment Education Conference

Seventy delegates from around the world gathered on campus for the annual Innovation in Built Environment Education Conference (IBEE) last week.

Malaria rate halved in 15 years

Dr Finn Lindgren has assisted in a study showing a 50% decline in the rate of African malaria over 15 years

Big Data project shortlisted for award

IPR collaboration to improve outcomes for diabetes patients shortlisted for national healthcare award

How orange peel could replace crude oil in plastics

Dr Marc Hutchby (Chemistry) has written an article for The Conversation.

Skeleton innovator & champion Dr Kristan Bromley to retire

The University has paid tribute to former skeleton World Champion Dr Kristan Bromley, who has announced his retirement from competition.

Book review by Joanna Bryson published in THE

Stronger than we realised: From emotions to waiting tables, our physical frame deserves more credit, finds Joanna Bryson

Bath researchers advise House of Commons on a new M4 junction

Academics from our School of Management have identified a clear business and social case for a new motorway junction at Emersons Green, east of Bristol.

Justin Rogers discusses fostering refugee children

The government must match public support for fostering refugees by providing an increase in funding to local authority family placement teams so that social workers are able to recruit and assess more carers for unaccompanied refugee children.

Research sandpit at University of Sao Paulo this week

With funding from the University's Research Collaboration Accelerator scheme, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are sponsoring a research sandpit at the University of Sao Paulo bringing together academics from a number of our research partner institutions.

Making electric cars fun: Why new Porsche runs on batteries

Pierre McDonagh, Professor in Marketing in the School of Management, writes for The Conversation.

Beetle's antennae finds potential mates

A research team led by Dr Jonathan Cox has revealed the molecule-trapping tricks of Rhipicera beetles

Jason Hart on the plight of those affected by refugee crisis

Dr Jason Hart talks to Sim Courtie for BBC Radio Wiltshire on the plight of those caught up in the refugee crisis in Syria and the Middle East.

Emergency roadworks on A4 at Saltford causing long delays

Roadworks on the outskirts of Saltford are causing traffic jams along the length of the A4 from Bristol to Bath.

'Silent' mutations useful for medical diagnosis

Professor Laurence Hurst, Director of the Milner Centre for Evolution, has been awarded €2.5 million by the European Research Council to investigate how "silent" mutations that were once considered unimportant, could be the key to improving medical diagnosis of diseases such as cancer and help advance gene therapy for currently untreatable genetic disorders.

BPS President shares clinical psychology journey with students

Students on our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology had a chance to hear from the President of the British Psychological Society, Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, last week as part of the two-day Psychology Research Conference 2015 held on campus.

Road by 1 South/3 South & car park closure: Thu 17 Sep

The road running alongside 1 South/3 South and the parking facilities beyond will be closed between 7am and 1pm.

How to save Corbynomics from itself

The Conversation article by Professor Graham Room (Social & Policy Sciences) and Professor Chris Martin (Economics)

We continue to rise in QS World rankings

VC says 20 place jump is "testament to the hard work of staff over the last 12 months"

BPS President reflects on clinical psychology journey

Students on our Doctorate in Clinical Psychology had a chance to hear from the President of the British Psychological Society, Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes, last week as part of the two-day Psychology Research Conference 2015 held here on campus.

Boost for Bath engineer revolutionising rotor design

Robert Worthing has been awarded the prestigious Whitworth Senior Scholarship by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) to research cycloidal rotor systems.

Bilingual children lag behind in language learning

Are bilingual children at an educational disadvantage when starting school compared to their classmates who speak just one language?

School of Management Alumnus has research featured in THE

Doctor of Business Administration in Higher Education Management (DBA HEM) graduate Nigel Healey's research on branch campus leaders featured in the Times Higher Education Supplement

Professor Charlie Lees on the Corbyn insurgency

From ‘JesWeCan’ to ‘JeezTheyDid’: where next for Jeremy Corbyn?

Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies graduate interview

Duygu Celebi has recently completed her PhD thesis and became a Senior Formulation Scientist at Unilever USA.

Major World Rugby Conference in advance of World Cup

Two days ahead of this autumn's Rugby World Cup the University will play host to a major World Rugby Science Network Conference.